Wk11- Artist Interview – Patricia Rangel

Patricia is Majoring in Fine Arts in the metals department. She is from the city of Dinuba which is in California’s central valley. Patricia was always outdoors as a child, she didn’t like the indoors. Patricia’s work consists of dirt, water, metal and wood. The title of her show this week is “Rebuilding”. Her show features several structures made from a mixture of dirt and water. She states that she is “curious about how [the processes of agricultural practices] relate to growth through means of land use, labor and loss.

Patricia compacts dirt that she collects from the central valley and structures them into shapes. The shapes look unstable, but are actually quite stable. She has been doing these structures for about a year now. She gets help from her mom, dad and friends to collect the dirt. Her favorite part about her show is breaking her art with a sledgehammer and re-packing the dirt into bags for re-use. She sifts her collected dirt several times in order to get very finely grained dirt.

One of her favorite pieces is a little brick of compacted dirt that she collected from the grave of a person she knew. After schooling, Patricia’s priority is to get an art studio and maybe get a job teaching.DSC_0899 DSC_0900 DSC_0888 DSC_0889 DSC_0891 DSC_0892 DSC_0894 DSC_0898


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